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  • Merce Cunningham – The Coast Zone (from The Collaborators)

    Merce Cunningham – The Coast Zone (from The Collaborators)

    Avant garde in approach as well as controversial in nature, there’s no doubt that Merce Cunningham nonetheless had a significant impact on modern dance. Unlike many of his predecessors, Cunningham’s creativity wasn’t based on emotion. Rather he centered his choreography around the magnificence of the human body and the beauty it could bring to the moment. Watch this excerpt, The Coast Zone, from the film, The Collaborators, in which he works jointly with John Cage, composer, and Robert Rauschenberg, visual […]

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  • Margaret Jenkins Dance Company/Guangdong Modern Dance Company

    Margaret Jenkins Dance Company/Guangdong Modern Dance Company

    Margaret Jenkins is considered a post modern choreographer. Post modern in that she utilizes movement that is less structured and that features more unusual forms of dance composition than does modern… Throughout her career Jenkins was an advocate for cultural artistic exchanges. In Other Suns (A Trilogy) you will see how she blends American and Chinese dance traditions. Enjoy how Jenkins uses the intricacies of balance, force, momentum, and partnering to create this continually shifting composition. Feel free to share […]

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  • Loie Fuller In Danse Serpentine

    Loie Fuller In Danse Serpentine

    Loie Fuller was known as the skirt dancer. In this video of her Danse Serpentine you’ll see why. Watch as the feet and hands drive the beautiful, ever-changing patterns of the fabric. The patterns are further enhanced by the way they capture the different colored lighting, lighting that Fuller herself designed. Stop the video every few seconds or so to enjoy the shapes and colors made by Fuller’s movements. Share this short video with your friends. It’s a wonderful diversion!

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  • A Classic Isadora Duncan Dance

    A Classic Isadora Duncan Dance

    Isadora Duncan was considered by many to be the founder of modern dance. It was she who paved the way for Martha Graham’s more serious and technical approach to modern dance. Duncan’s life, as well as her approach to dance, was characterized by the unconventional. She was the first dancer to move away from the strict discipline of ballet and toward a much freer style of movement. Her idea was to connect emotion to movement which was under-scored by her […]

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  • A Mesmerizing Korean Dancer!

    A Mesmerizing Korean Dancer!

    The choreography seems a little one-dimensional, but there’s no question as to the talent this young woman has. Supposedly this isn’t the music that was originally used, so the impact the choreography would have had otherwise is likely diminished. After watching the video, I turned off the sound and simply watched this dancer’s beautiful, liquid movements. Ahhh! Music of its own making! Dancing Korea offers not only an overview of the history of Korean dance but also explains its culture […]

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  • Mikhail Baryshnikov And Gregory Hines Dance In “White Nights”

    Mikhail Baryshnikov And Gregory Hines Dance In “White Nights”

    These two dancers came from very different training backgrounds. Gregory Hines was a tap dancer known for his improvisational style.  Baryshnikov, of course, was classically trained. Though both are dancers you’ll never tire of watching, you’ll notice the differences in their styles. This is one video you’ll want to watch through once, then go back and stop it periodically to see a side by side comparison. Watch their feet…as well as their upper bodies. Watch this 1985 political thriller and […]

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  • SDSU’S Modern Dance Class

    SDSU’S Modern Dance Class

    Soothing, lyrical, and beautiful, this video allows the viewer to set aside the stronger emotions that modern dance often evokes and to enjoy a more relaxed and simpler state of being. Modern dance encompasses the entire spectrum of emotion. That is its strength. Enjoy and share.

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  • Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s Signature Work

    Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s Signature Work

    Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s signature work, expresses a range of human emotion which exemplified the African-America experience in the early history of the United States. Different from its original format, Revelations as we know it today is in three parts. It begins with “songs that yearn for deliverance, that speak of trouble and of this world’s trials and tribulations”, as expressed in Ailey’s own words The next part portrays a baptism of purification, while the last is an up-lifting, hopeful celebration […]

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  • Peggy Lyman Performs Martha Graham’s Lamentation

    Peggy Lyman Performs Martha Graham’s Lamentation

    Watch as Peggy Lyman performs Martha Graham’s Lamentations. This dance expresses the tragic side of human emotions. Emotions of mourning, despair, and hopelessness… Watch Peggy as she portrays a mother wracked with pain at the loss of her son. As she stretches  and pushes against a simple tube of a costume, it’s as if she’s trying to get outside her own skin and beyond her own emotions. But first she must experience them. Please share this video with someone who may […]

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